Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden put on a heroic performance in Friday’s 128-112 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, becoming the player with the most 40-point triple-doubles in a season in NBA history. Harden’s sixth 40-point triple-double is followed by
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The Beard’s 41-14-11 effort was wasted by a feeble scoring output by the other starters, mustering a combined 31 points between them. He went 12-of-21 from the field and a smooth 13-of-14 from the line en route to his 41-point assault.
The 6-foot-5 “points guard” was at his best driving the ball inside, finding those little nooks in the lane for his soft-handed finishes, like this beautiful Eurostep on Anthony Davis.
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Houston’s problems began and ended with the three-pointer, shooting a combined 13-of-40 from deep, while New Orleans feasted on the inside with Davis.
Despite Westbrook’s statistical advantage on Harden, it would be hard to count The Beard out of the running for MVP, as he has the Rockets in a near-lock in third place with four games of difference with the fourth-seeded Utah Jazz in a very competitive Western Conference.